Sarah Teather breaks her silence over Twitter rumours that she is planning to defect

Social networking site claims Liberal Democrat MP will join the Labour Party

Sarah Teather has revealed to the Times she has no plans to cross the floor by joining the Labour Party.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central has quashed the sensational rumours which surfaced on social networking site Twitter.

Rumours started to fly earlier this afternoon on the micro blogging site that Miss Teather, who was sacked from her position as children’s minster in September, was to make an unprecedented defection.

But speaking to the Times, the Brent Central MP has flatly denied the rumour.

She said: “This is a case of too many twits on twitter and is precisely why I avoid it – a place where silly rumours start and grow with no reference to truth or the real world.”

Tweets began to fly across the social networking site throughout this afternoon speculating about the rumours and whether Labour would welcome her into the party or not.

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Alastair Carmichael the Liberal Democrat chief whip, then tweeted: “I just asked her [Teather], says she would rather poke her own eyes out with a safety pin than join Labour. Clear enough?”

Sarah Teather, a former MP for the now defunct Brent East, was re-elected to the Brent Central seat after narrowly fending off Labour’s Dawn Butler in the 2010 general election.

The rumours are believed to have started after she spoke out last week against her governments plans to cap benefits.